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UK Conference of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 2021

How to manage biological data and use computational methods to power life science research

Start date:

28 September 2021

End date:

30 September 2021


Online (via Zoom)

Registration deadline:

26 September 2021



About the conference.

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Modern life science research is increasingly reliant on data science, and a failure to keep pace with computational methods will leave UK life science research treading water.

The UK-CBCB conference will cover the breadth of biological data management, analysis and sharing.

Bringing together biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, software engineers and data scientists across the life sciences, to share innovations, applications and best practice in their fields. Talks will cover data standards, algorithm and tool development, and data curation.

The three-day conference will be applicable to bioinformatics researchers working on core services or in research teams as well as computer scientists or bioinformaticians developing tools or maintaining data resources.

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We are delighted to have confirmed the following sessions:

  • Structural Bioinformatics - analysis and prediction of three-dimensional molecular structures
  • Metagenomics and Microbial Bioinformatics - the diversity and complexity of microbial genomes and identification in environmental samples
  • Research Data Management - approaches for validation, storage and protection of data under the FAIR principles
  • Bridging Genotype to Phenotype - computational approaches to deciphering the complex interactions between genotype and environment and how these affect phenotype
  • Computational Proteomics and Metabolomics - harnessing large-scale studies to determine protein and metabolite function for the discovery of biomarkers
  • Artificial Intelligence - exploring innovative applications of artificial intelligence for the exploration of complex biological data

We will be offering the opportunity to present your research at the conference, further details will be provided once registration opens.


Alongside the UK-CBCB, we are hosting the annual ELIXIR-UK All Hands. This meeting brings together people working at ELIXIR-UK consortium member institutions to:

  • Share knowledge and experience from the previous year of ELIXIR activities
  • Network with other people working on life science data infrastructure across the UK
  • Work together to develop strategy for the future of ELIXIR-UK

All members of ELIXIR-UK consortium member institutions working on ELIXIR-related projects are welcome to join a pre-conference meeting, and all UK-CBCB attendees are welcome to join parallel sessions and breakout groups.


Day 1

Tuesday 28 September 2021

10.00 - 10.15


10.15 - 11.45

Session 1 - Research Data Management, chaired by Rob Davey

Invited speakers:

  • "Community building for FAIR data" - Connie Clare
  • “Data Stewardship for the Rothamsted Long-term Experiments: the challenges for curating yesterday’s data for tomorrow’s researchers” - Richard Ostler

11.45 - 13.30

Poster session in SpatialChat

13.30 - 15.00

Session 2 - Computational Proteomics and Metabolomics, chaired by Ralf Weber

Invited speakers:

    • “Untargeted metabolomics of COVID-19 patient serum reveals potential prognostic markers of both severity and outcome” - Ivayla Roberts
    • Jyoti Choudhary

    15.00 - 16.00

    Poster session in SpatialChat

    Day 2

    Wednesday 29 September 2021

    10.00 - 11.30

    Session 3: Structural Bioinformatics, chaired by Franca Fraternali

    Invited speakers:

    • Maya Topf

    11.30 - 13.30

    Poster session in SpatialChat

    13.30 - 15.00

    Session 4: Artificial Intelligence, chaired by Sabina Leonelli

    Invited speakers:

    • Ruchi Choudhary
    • Sotirios Tsaftaris

    15.00 - 16.00

    Poster session in SpatialChat

    Day 3

    Thursday 30 September 2021

    10.00 - 11.30

    Session 5 - Bridging Genotype to Phenotype, chaired by Wilfried Haerty

    Invited speakers:

    • 'Highly Annotated Genomes as a Resource to Improve Farmed Animal Production' - Emily Clark
    • Eric Miska

    11.30 - 13.30

    Poster session in SpatialChat

    13.30 - 15.00

    Session 6 - Metagenomics and Microbial Bioinformatics, chaired by Melanie Schirmer

    15.00 - 15.15

    Closing Remarks

    Further Information

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